Drawn Together - Season Two (2004)
By: Devon B. on October 14, 2010  | 
DVD
Beyond | All Regions, NTSC | 4:3 | English DD 2.0 | 319 minutes (Full Specs)
The Movie
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Credits
Creators: Dave Jeser, Matthew Silverstein
Voices: Adam Carolla, Jess Harnell, Cree Summer, Abbey McBride, Tara Strong, Jack Plotnick
Country: USA
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Just before I left the States to come to Australia, I caught an episode of a show I hadn't seen before. It was called Drawn Together, and was so outrageously offensive I couldn't believe it was on the air. After moving here I'd tell people about this completely un-PC show that I'd seen and they'd say, "If you like that sort of thing, you'll love Family Guy." Firstly they were wrong, I don't particularly like Family Guy, and secondly Drawn Together is so politically incorrect it makes Family Guy look like it really is about a family guy like the theme song claims.

Drawn Together is broadcast on Comedy Central in the States, a cable network. I've never quite understood what cable channels are and aren't allowed to air. I've certainly seen uncensored stand up performed on Comedy Central, but then shows like South Park and Drawn Together usually have the profanity bleeped. In researching Drawn Together I found out that the show does sometimes go to air uncensored late at night, so regardless of how the channel draws its censoring lines, it is not operating with the same restrictions that are placed on the free to air stations. In its usual time slot Drawn Together would have the cursing censored, and while watching season two I had to wonder about a culture that would allow such deliberately inflammatory things to be said on TV as long as the profanity is beeped. Ah, America, a country where everything goes as long as no one says any dirty words. In fairness, these episodes are extended versions with more naughty goodness, so some of what I was seeing wouldn't have been on TV. But I can say the episode I saw before leaving the States had a concept so incendiary that I was surprised the network wasn't under terrorist attack from Christian zealots, so it's not like the televised versions are too watered down.

The concept of Drawn Together is that eight different pastiche cartoon characters have been put into a house to live together while the nation watches. The characters are:

Princess Clara, a right-wing, religious, racist send up of a Disney princess.

Wooldoor Sockbat, a strange yellow thing that seems to have been modelled off SpongeBob SquarePants and Stimpy.

Foxxy Love, a parody of one of Josie's Pussycats.

Toot, an aging, self-harming, eating disorder suffering take on Betty Boop.

Ling-Ling, a parody of Pikachu from Pokémon.

Xandir, a video game character like Link from the Zelda series, who has recently admitted to himself that he is gay.

Spanky Ham, a pastiche of internet cartoons.

Captain Hero, a neurotic, self-obsessed, completely deranged take on Superman.

There are occasional challenges presented to the housemates, but they are few and far between. The first episode of the season actually finds the group leaving the house and dealing with life post Reality TV. I assume this was a statement to viewers that the show wasn't going to be too fussed with keeping up a Big Brother style format, so by this point it's essentially The Surreal Life but with cartoon characters.

Absolutely nothing is sacred to the Drawn Together team. These emotionally unstable characters will have a go at everything from Superman's origin to concentration camps. Stereotypes, stem cell research, the reality of reality television and Drawn Together itself are just a few of the things that come under fire.

The stem cell episode, Clum Babies, is a great bit of satire that revolves around Wooldoor learning how to masturbate and then finding out he has sperm, or clum babies, with curative powers. Princess Clara convinces him that masturbation is a sin, so it doesn't matter how many lives he improves or saves with his self-spilt seed, he's still upsetting God. Unfortunately for her, she convinces him to abstain from milking his manhood just as she comes down with a terminal disease. Her morals collapse and she tries to get a clum baby to heal her.

Clum Babies is easily the most pointed and best episode of the series, with the show at its hilarious and revolting best, but the series is not all perfect, naturally. Some of the gags, like a recurring drum roll bit, get old, and there is one joke at the expense of Christopher Reeve that is so tasteless I think I may go to Hell for laughing at it. While not a flaw in the show itself per se, some of the pop culture references may be too US specific for Australian audiences, but most of the material should be universal. The only really negative thing I have to say is that sadly one of the episodes is a clip show, which is a device that became redundant with syndication, let alone DVD.

In the end, the show never dips below mildly amusing in quality, and most of the time it is extremely funny. What better recommendation could there be for a comedy series?
Video
The show is presented at 1.33:1 and is sharp, clean and clear.
Audio
The sound is a 2.0 mix and everything easily heard. According to the cover some music has been changed from the broadcast versions, but I don't know what the changes are.
Extra Features
The DVD comes with only a few extras, but that's okay because the most important extra is the extra footage of these uncut episodes. There're also previews of other Comedy Central titles, short interviews with the creators and most of the cast, and commentary on four episodes. The only cast member not interviewed is Adam Carolla, which is a bit odd 'cause he's probably the most famous. Three of the commentaries are quite good, with the Clum Babies one being of particular interest to me because one of the staff talks about his religious beliefs and how he marries them with his role on the show. The commentary for Terms of Endearment is heavily impacted by some drug and alcohol induced rambling. This is why a commentary on the commentary was recorded, so there are technically five episode commentaries for the four episodes.
The Verdict
Drawn Together is completely crass, overwhelmingly obscene, downright disgusting, and fucking hilarious (sorry, I ran out of alliterations). It's one of my new favourite shows.
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